The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Narrated by: Philippe Duquenoy
Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (92 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When it comes to 19th-century French literature, few can compare to Victor Hugo. In 1831, Victor Hugo wrote one of the most memorial gothic stories of all time, Notre Dame de Paris, later changed to The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1833. It is said that Hugo's inspiration for writing this book was the cathedral itself. He worried that society was neglecting the old gothic buildings in favor of new buildings and wanted to bring attention to the structure. As a result of Hugo's concern, the world was treated to a fantastic gothic novel that would continue to be enjoyed for centuries.

This amazing story is set in medieval Paris and is centered on the famed Notre Dame cathedral as well as the three main characters: Esmeralda (the gypsy dancer); Quasimodo (the hunchback); and the priest, Claude Frollo.

Public Domain (P)2017 A.R.N. Publications

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A Truly Great Narration!

I love how Victor Hugo paints such a clear and vivid picture for his audience in this tragic love story that will definitely captivate any and all listeners, and will most likely have you in tears towards the ending. Hats off to the narrator for a SPECTACULAR job throughout the entire book, his reading style and accents were spot on.

Next on the list...Les Miserables!

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Great descriptions of Paris and its buildings

Great descriptions of Paris, its buildings and the characters. Worth the read for that alone

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A couple rough chapters but overall excellence

The narration was good and carried inflection and some changes in voice for different charaters. There were some chapters I struggled with because they didn't pertain to the story itself but were interesting in their own right. The book kept me wanting to come back to finish it. I dont speak french so some of the language in the book was a bit thick and I had to rewind to listen again for better understand. I knew it was vastly different than Disney's creation going in but it was still interesting to think about where they got certain visuals, ideas, easter eggs, and about what they changed. For me (who has lost a child) the parent child dynamic was heartbreaking and memorable. How ever my favorite part of the book was when the Hunchback saved Esmeralda and brought her to sanctuary. Hugo did a great job showing many types of love (or what some perceive as love) through many different character relations. His descriptions throught the book flowed effortlessly painting vivid pictures of the scene at all times.

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Beautiful story with an excellent narrator.

Beautiful, tragic story. Read it once & then read it again. Truly timeless. The narrator of this audiobook did an excellent job.

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All turns out as expected

Philippe Duquenoy efficiently delivers nineteen hours of this tale well. He uses Isabelle Hapgood's old translation but this doesn't sound antiquated, but suits the tone of this 19c epic. I liked the poet best and his early fall into the lair of a feast of clever fools. But he soon fades for most of the tale. Thus designated villain the priest Claude Frollo gets a long but interesting backstory setting the course of an utterly predictable plot. We get Quasimodo and Esmeralda and Pheobus all interacting as well as a recluse hidden away with naturally a hidden past. There is a section on the streets and landmarks that takes over an hour or at least seems to....still, I respect Victor Hugo's efforts to remind his country's people of their architecture and heritage. Which is timely, after the fire of 2019 reminded me to finally encounter this novel on audio. It mostly kept some of my interest thanks to Hugo's evocation of the end of the medieval Catholic dominance over France, and the narrator's steady pace. He did not exaggerate the women's voices or camp up Quasi's, and remained respectfu! to the spirit of this moral lesson. And it got me ready for Les Miserables, three times longer, which I hope is a bit more surprising.

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Tedious at points but well worth it.

Narrator was quite good... I did think perhaps the voice of Esmeralda could have been imbued with more dignity, but overall, was very well done.

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Idk if it is the addition of historical facts that took the drama out of this story for me but in a word it was brutal... glad it's over with

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This is different than the Disney Movie

Where does The Hunchback of Notre Dame rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Another Victor Hugo classic. Middle Ages Paris comes to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Find out a truer story of the gypsy. Hugo illuminates their character and history.

What does Philippe Duquenoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is very believable as he moves from one character to another.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moments when Quasi stands over the priest as he hangs on the ledge of the cathederal..

Any additional comments?

This is an easy and enjoyable listen!